In the juvenile searching and seeking of your development, you may be uncertain of many things, and might be a bit scared to even look into the Hebraic Roots, because of immature people who say such things as, “you’ll be caught up in Judaism”, which is in fact a ridiculous remark! “Hebraic” does NOT equal “Judaic”! Abraham the believer was the first Hebrew, in other words the first one to “cross over” as that is what “Hebrew” means. In as much as those who embraced rabbinic Judaism, have to unlearn traditional Judaism in order to come into the fullness of what Messiah YaHUShA AND Sha’ul really taught, likewise those who have been brought up under Christianity, have to unlearn traditional Christian bias and error and also need to “cross over”. Sha’ul who said that “some HAVE ALREADY embraced another Besorah”. And this is why we need to:
“Earnestly content for the faith which was once delivered unto the set-apart people” as said by the disciple Yahudah (Jude) 1:3
Therefore, let me ask you; “Was Mosheh’ (Moses) faith labeled Christianity? Was the Prophet SamuEL or King David’s faith labeled Christianity? Was the disciple who walked with Messiah, was their faith labeled Christianity? MOST CERTAINLY NOT! And it wasn’t Judaism either! So those raised up in a Christian family and/or raised up in a Judaic family need to realize that they would be better off giving heed to the words of the disciple Yahudah and need to also “cross over”! You had better come to the faith of YShREL (Hazon [Revelations] 21:12) or you will remain outside (Marqos 4: 11-12) and be labeled a dog!(Hazon [Revelations] 22:15)
Sha’ul turned from all of his traditional learning as a Pharisee, realising that all he had learned as a Pharisee studying the (((Oral law))) what is referred to as the Oral Torah of the rabbinites with men like Gamaliel was nothing more than rubbish. Sha’uls teachings prior to his experience on the road to Damascus was to obey the laws and authority of the Pharisaic Sanhedrin who had religious control over the Temple high priests, a religious authority derived from a Pharisaic (((twisted))) interpretation of Debarim (Deuteronomy) 17: 9-12. Sha’ul came to learn what YaHUShA’s disciples had already learned years before. A classic example is seen when the Pharisees came to YaHUShA and said to Him, “’Why do your disciples transgress the TRADITIONS of the elders? For they wash not their hands before they eat bread.’ But YaHUShA answered and said unto them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of ELaHYM by your traditions?” YaHUaH forbade anything to be added to the written Torah, “the commandments of ELaHYM”! YaHUShA stood up against these very enactments [Takanot] and precedents (ma’asim) of the Pharisees, because nowhere in the written Torah are we commanded to wash our hands before we eat, that is adding to the Torah. That very same ancient Pharisee custom or ritual is still in use today by the modern Pharisee called Orthodox. It’s by following or rather submitting to the Oral Torah that you’ll be caught up in Judaism, not by searching your Hebraic Roots.
Kepha (Aleph (1 Peter) 1: 18, 19) wrote unto the Northern Kingdom (“us”) saying, “Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver or of gold from your VAIN CONVERSATIONS received by TRADITIONS from your fathers”… “traditions from your fathers” referring to the Rabbinical Oral Law, what we call the Mishna or Talmud that is referred to as tradition! Note also what it says about the Mishna or Talmud – “from your vain conversations”. He also wrote to them and said, “You WERE as sheep that go ASTRAY”, how did we go astray? We broke the Covenant, by following man made traditions, not obeying Torah and so we were scattered “but are now returning unto the Shepherd and Overseer of your Souls”(Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) 2: 25)
For Sha’ul it was indeed a “conversion” BUT NOT into Christianity. Rather his conversion was to leave the doctrines of the scribes, Pharisees and elders like Gamaliel (Ma’asei 22: 3) and to remove himself from their binding traditions (Mattithyahu 15: 3) and legal interpretations concerning the Scriptural law of Mosheh (Moses). Consequently, when you read through Sha’ul’s letters, particularly Galatians and some of the narratives about Sha’ul in the book of Acts, you will notice plenty of rabbinate oral law terminology that the chronicler Luke placed in juxtaposition with Mosaic written Law terminology. However, for most people unfamiliar with this kind of technical writing, of which Sha’ul penned much, misunderstanding can be expected. Until you understand the concept of Phariseeism and what they taught (Oral law) you are still untaught and unstable in regards to the technical writings of Sha’ul’s letters!!! To make an even more in-depth study of Phariseeism and what they taught, I strongly suggest you watch a video called “The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus” by Nehemia Gordon and then turn towards “Galatians” using “Galations, a Quick Reference Pocket Commentary” by Avi ben Mordechai (a verse by verse explenation). In fact, I strongly suggest it to everyone! A good article written by Lew White can be found at http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/leaven.html
The original faith of our heavenly Father was meant to be neither “Jewish” nor “Christian” in the way we most often see them represented today, so even those accuse you of getting caught up in Judaism are as blind as those who do practice Judaism.
If we want to stop misunderstanding YaHUShA’s teachings and especially that of Sha’ul, then we must (((study))) to show ourselves approved like the Bereans who were “examining the SCRIPTURES DAILY, whether these things were so.” Now let’s for a moment supposes that you were a Berean believer in YaHUShA in the era that He was giving His teachings. Let’s suppose you wanted to share with a fellow believer, a teaching or an insight that you had heard either directly from YaHUShA’s mouth, or perhaps, you had heard from Sha’ul and you wanted to check for yourself. Where would you go to find the proof for what you had heard, whether these things you’d heard were so? You would obviously turn to the Scriptures. So what were the Scriptures in the time of Messiah YaHUShA and His disciples? How did the believer or any of the Bereans in the context of the time of the Hebrew Messiah understand the term “Scriptures”? They didn’t have the Brit HaChadashah (New Testament), so they went to the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. And so it was our beloved Messiah YaHUShA who said, “You do ERROR, not knowing THE SCRIPTURE nor the power of ELaHYM.” Not knowing the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings, we can forget to accurately interpret the New Testament!
In fact YaHUShA spoke about this in Luke 24: 44,45 and it is said, “He opened their UNDERSTANDING in the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings”. The New Testament is only a commentary on that of the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings which I would refer to as the 2nd writings. Again if you were a Berean living in the first century when Sha’ul was writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 what would it mean? The only thing it could mean is the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. Of course the “word” which YaHUShA made flesh, “the Set-Apart Scriptures” which Timothy “had known from a child” (when the New Testament wasn’t even there) and the “word of truth” which Timothy had to learn to “rightly divide,” and the “law” which YaHUShA said that not a jot or tittle would pass from “until heaven and earth pass away” was not the New Testament but the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings! The Bereans who had no New Testament held fast to the words of Yeshayahu 8:20 which states;
“To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to (((this))) word, it is because there is no light in them.”
The “law” of course is Torah (meaning Instructions) and the “testimonies” are the “words” or “oracles” of YaHUaH which were spoken through the Prophets;
Mosheh of course, being the chief prophet. “This is that Mosheh who said to the children of YShREL, YaHUaH your ELaHYM shall raise up for you a prophet LIKE ME [like Mosheh] from your brethren. Him you shall hear. This is he [Mosheh] who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the Messenger [referring to YaHUShA] who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who received the LIVING WORDS [i.e Torah is living words] TO GIVE TO US [yes that’s right, us, the Torah was given to us!], unto whom our fathers WOULD NOT BECOME OBEDIENT, BUT THRUST AWAY, and in their hearts they turned back to Mitsrayim (Egypt).” Ma’asei (Acts) 7: 37-39
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